Liverpool condemn homophobic chanting aimed at Billy Gilmour

Liverpool have condemned “offensive and inappropriate” homophobic chanting aimed at Norwich’s on-loan midfielder Billy Gilmour.

The Scotland player, who joined Norwich in July, was targeted during their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool at Carrow Road by a section of away fans, due to Chelsea being his parent club.

The chants were called out online by Kop Outs, Liverpool’s LGBT+ Fans Group, with the condemnation retweeted by the club, who added: “The chant is offensive and inappropriate – a message we have repeatedly communicated alongside Kop Outs. We urge supporters to remember the inclusive values of the club and to refrain from using it in the future.”

Kick It Out, the anti-discrimination campaign group, have previously condemned the chant, writing in 2019: “The ‘rent boy’ chants have been directed at Chelsea for years, with little action taken by The FA or Police – and that must not continue. We are absolutely clear: the chant is homophobic and must be treated as such.”

Liverpool’s victory featured goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, both assisted by Mo Salah, who then scored the third. It made him the first Premier League player to score in five consecutive opening weekends.